Home Sweet Home (Emerald Lake Series #1)

Home Sweet Home (Emerald Lake Series #1)

by Bella Riley
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Home Sweet Home (Emerald Lake Series #1) by Bella Riley

What if you can go home again?

Ten years and two hundred miles. That's what separates Andi Powell from quiet, secluded Emerald Lake-and that's exactly how she likes it. But now her job brings her back to the hometown she's tried so hard to forget . . . and to Nate Duncan, the man she's never been able to.

Nate once looked at Andi with love in his eyes. But that was before she left him in the dust to pursue her big-city dreams. Now he's the town's ruggedly handsome mayor with the power to break Andi's career like she broke his heart. As the two clash over the future of Emerald Lake, the sparks that fly between them rekindle a passion neither of them can deny.

Andi may have left town looking for the life she thought she wanted. But could everything she needs have been in Emerald Lake all along?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446584210
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Series: Emerald Lake Novel Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bella Riley has always been a writer. Songs came first, and then nonfiction books, but as soon as she started her first romance novel, she knew she'd found her perfect career. Since selling her first book in 2003 (under the name Bella Andre), Bella has written more than twenty "empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly). Her books have been translated into German, Thai, Japanese, and Ukrainian, and two of her bestselling books have been Cosmopolitan Red Hot Reads. When she's not behind her computer, you can find her reading, hiking, knitting, or lunching with her favorite romance-writing friends. Bella and her fabulous husband and children divide their time between Northern California and a ninety-year-old lakefront log cabin in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

You can learn more about Bella Riley-and her alter ego Bella Andre-at:



Twitter @bellaandre


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Home Sweet Home 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Ten years ago, Andi Powell left Emerald Lake for bigger and better things. When her job forces her to return home for a project, she finds herself falling back in love with high school sweetheart, Nate Duncan. There she reconnects with her past, her family, and learns what home really means. This is my first book by Riley, but it won't be my last. She has a wonderful writing style, and is able to describe the setting so you feel like you've been there. Nate was relatable and I rooted for him all the way. Andi could be a tad selfish, especially after the reader learns how they broke up. In part, her reasons are understandable, but I think some may feel she's hard to root for. This book was as much about discovery as it was about romance and coming home. Recommended.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Home Sweet Home by Bella Riley pens a heart warming story about love and second chances. Andi Powell left Emerald Lake behind ten years ago to make her mark in New York City. She couldn’t wait to leave small town life behind and explore the big city. Andi comes back to her hometown to promote a growth prospect for the town. Her first obstacle is her high school sweetheart, who is now the town major, Nate Duncan. Nate Duncan watched Andi Powell drive out of his life many years ago. He had his own dreams and desires but taking care of his then baby sister became his priority. Nate never forgot his first love and her being back in town has those old feelings rushing back to life. But Andi’s desire to add vacation condos clashes with Nate’s wishes to keep Emerald Lake just the way it has always been. Nate and Andi maybe be on opposite sides on how the town should grown and change but their old passion still simmers between them. Will Nate be able to change Andi’s mind about the joy of small town life and fight for what they could be? Home Sweet Home is an emotional journey that will draw you in and not let go. The Nate and Andi both have ghost from their past effecting their future. It will take love and patience to work through their problems. This book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
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BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable book. I liked the small town feel of the story, and the way everyone new each other. Andi Powell comes home for mixed reasons and finds that what you think like should be isn't always what it is. I have to admit at times I wanted to hit her in the back of the head for the way she acted but I understood why she was written the way she was. Nate Duncan on the other hand made you fall in love with him. Who wouldn't fall in love with a man that would do anything for those he loves. I think if your a fan of sweet, contemporary romances you'll enjoy this book.
snowblossomCB More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even get past the chapter. Very poor writing.
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Loved it! I can't wait for the next book!
cookieray More than 1 year ago
This is a cozy comfy kind of story. You feel good after reading it. I can't wait for the next in the series to come out!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ellen H. for Readers Favorite Andi Powell is going back home to Emerald Lake. She could not wait to leave the small town behind after graduating; but now, her biggest client wants to build condos in her hometown. Going home, however, means seeing Nate Duncan, her first love. Nate has been raising his sister, Madison, since the deaths of their parents. He knew that Andi wanted bright lights and a big city, so he pushed her away when he became responsible for his sister. Nate is now the mayor of Emerald Lake and, like several other long time residents, is opposed to Andi's plan. After Andi arrives, her grandmother takes ill, and Andi is left running the family business, Lake Yarns. She begins to question decisions she has made in her life and starts to think that maybe she can find happiness after all. Truly a very cute book, I enjoyed this one very much. I loved all the different characters and how their lives are interwoven. Andi, a type A personality, questions what she has believed all her life. She and her mother come to a new understanding. Nate is a true alpha male with a very sensitive side. By the pictures the author creates, you can actually picture this small town and its residents. There is a lot of chemistry and history between Andi and Nate, and that keeps the book flowing from beginning to end. Home Sweet Home is definitely worth reading if you are a chick lit fan. I will be looking for more books from this author in the future.
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RaeRS More than 1 year ago
This book started off slow for me since I initially did not like the heroine. However I absolutely loved Nate the hero. This is essentially a story of a second chance at love. It¿s also about learning the lesson that you don¿t know what goes on in another person¿s marriage not even your parents. I look forward to the next book in this new series.
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Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This book was remarkably sweet. Andi is the main character. She is somewhat impulsive and prone to self-fulfillment at times, but she is a likable enough character. Nate is the love interest, he is also the man Andi left behind...in favor of her growing career. The sparks do fly in this novel, particularly between Andi and Nate because they do not often get along. The reader will find him/herself laughing at some parts of the story. The Goodreads Summary sums it up quite well. The ending is good, a little expected-but honestly, I wouldn't have wanted anything else. The characters were very well-developed, the secondary characters fun to get to know. The events were fast-paced when they needed to be, slowing down when the book slipped into a bit of a love scene. This book is recommended to adult readers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A decade ago, Andi Powell left Emerald Lake, New York to move to the Big Apple. She has come home for short visits to family over the ten years she has lived in New York City. However, one year ago her father suddenly died stunning the still grieving Andi who glued a smile on her face everyday she entered the office of the Klein Group where she works. She has driven the five hours two hundred miles to sell a Klein Group proposal to construct condos in Emerald Lake for affluent Manhattanites. Andi's beloved grandma Evelyn opposes tearing down the magical old carousel. The boy she once loved, Mayor Nate Duncan is for condos but not at that historical location. Nate remains bitter towards the woman he loved and needed who broke his heart when she did her solo dream pursuit. Andi realizes she never stopped loving him and begins to reconsider what matters in life as she has a secret to reveal either to those she loves or her employers. The first Emerald Lake contemporary romance is a charming second chance at love tale. The lead couple is super as he tests the woman he loves while she struggles with her priorities; the support cast is solid although the small-town life is made too magical vs. urban avarice. Still readers will appreciate the profound debate between preservationists and developers as economics is the root of all arguments. Harriet Klausner